It might not be the first thing you think about to avoid boredom, but these best adult craft kits are a great way to pass the hours.
Because let’s face it, we all get a little board game and spend so long on your Nintendo Switch that our eyes have become square? It’s time to get smart.
You may not have done anything fancy since your school days, but now there are plenty of great kits out there to get you going when it comes to crafting.
Learn to draw, model or paint, start in the garden or knit or crochet your own housewares – whatever your talents or skills, there is something for you.
To help you narrow down your search for a new hobby, we’ve rounded up some of the best (and more) craft kits you can buy. Tried and loved? Vote for your favorites below.
The best craft kits for adults: craft at home
Crafting couldn’t be much cuter. The set is the perfect introduction to needle felting and gives you step-by-step instructions on how to make a little penguin out of felt.
It is definitely for beginners. It only takes about two or three hours – so if you’re more experienced you may want to find something a little more challenging. But if you’re looking for an intro, you’re not going to make it much better (or sweeter).
Painting can be an incredibly calming activity, and this painting kit is a great place to start your hobby artist journey.
The set contains 59 different items – brushes of course, but also acrylic paint, oil pastels, watercolor cakes and more. It also comes with an easel to work with and a guide on how to use your paints.
This beautiful floral embroidery set is perfect for inserters and is sure to brighten your day. A wreath design made from sunflowers and other floral details is a great way to improve your technique. What if you are a complete beginner? The design only uses six different stitches so it won’t be out of reach for you either. As the embroidery designer says, just take your time.
If you have an expensive scented candle that you want to cut down, why not make your own? It’s easy, fun, and in the end you get something really nice and practical to use in your home.
If you’ve never done it before, we recommend this introductory kit from Hobbycraft. It has everything you need to get started – wax pellets, glass votives, wick holders and a lovely cherry blossom scent. They make two candles from the set so you can make your own gifts at home too.
Once you learn the basics, you may want to purchase your own materials. But this set is a good start.
Leatherworking is a fantastic manual activity and not as difficult as you might think. This kit contains all of the leather, thread, and decorations you need to create a wallet. And don’t worry, holes are already punched in the leather so you know where to sew. This is definitely one to keep away from the kids. Leather can be very difficult to work with, so the needles and tacks are incredibly sharp.
You may have heard of Kintsugi: the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with gold.
Probably unsurprising (and reassuringly on your wallet) this kit doesn’t really offer you real gold to use for your repairs. But you can use this kit to fix broken plates, glasses, flower pots and more – and end up making something even more beautiful than what you started.
Like knitting, crochet is a fantastic skill to learn. Once you master it, you can start making your own unique clothes, accessories, and housewares. This mandala ceiling set is a great place to start.
This intermediate set contains the pattern and several colors of wool and will help you to create a nice colored blanket. You will need your own crochet hooks, however, so add them to your cart when purchasing if you don’t already have one.
This loom kit shows you the basics of weaving, another fantastic way to craft and make something beautiful for your home. One version comes with a loom, but if you already have one there is an option for you too.
Both sets come with thread, colored threads and wool as well as a tapestry needle. And for the absolute beginner, an introductory guide to weaving that teaches you everything you need to know about various techniques.
Who doesn’t love LEGO? The classic construction kit is always fun, regardless of whether you are assembling such complicated models or just hammering stones together to create your own creations.
You can use this kit to build a detailed model of the U.S. Capitol. And when they say in detail, they mean it. The set contains over 1000 pieces, which also contain information about the design, architecture and history of the building. Suitable for ages 12 and up, making it a good project for families with older children.
If you’ve always imagined yourself to be a wine connoisseur, this is the set for you. With instructions for making a wide variety of fruit wines – including apples, apricots, black currants, cherries, pears and many more – it contains everything you need to make your own wine.
However, you need to keep your wine in a warm place – so maybe a project for the summer!